AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for April 30 to May 6, 2016

Much Warmer By Monday; Slightly Cooler Later in the Period

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357

As we say goodbye to a potentially record warm April, it should come as no surprise that more heat is on the way for the beginning of May. The new month may bring a new chapter of spring, but the storyline will be all too familiar. A rapid warming and drying trend is expected this weekend in response to another strong ridge of high pressure building over Washington. As the ridge moves slowly east early next week, southerly air flow should slowly usher a bit of moisture and instability into the region. As a result, a slight chance of showers is anticipated by mid week, especially over the mountains. While western areas may cool down after Monday, the warmth is likely to linger through mid week over eastern Washington, before slight daytime cooling arrives late in the period.

Temperatures
  • Becoming much warmer by early next week.
  • Possibly cooler days later next week.

Precipitation
  • Mostly dry through Monday.
  • A slight chance of showers at times later next week.

Wind
  • Breezy at times.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This Weekend: Low to moderate risk on Saturday morning, and low risk on Sunday morning.
  • Next Week: Low risk.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - May 7, 2016 to May 13, 2016
  • Overall, above average temperatures and near average precipitation are expected during the 8 to 14 day time frame.

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 70s and lows in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the 70s on Saturday, and mid 70s to mid 80s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s on Saturday morning, and 40s to low 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers later in the week.
  • Highs in the upper 70s to 80s, and cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s on Monday morning, and then warmer, and possibly cooler later in the week.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and lows in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the 70s on Saturday, and mid 70s to mid 80s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 40s on Saturday morning, and mid 40s to low 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry early. A slight chance of showers later in the week.
  • Highs in the upper 70s to 80s, and cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s on Monday morning, and then warmer, and possibly cooler later in the week.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid 60s to around 70 and lows in the low 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers on Saturday morning.
  • Highs in the 60s to low 70s on Saturday, and 70s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s on Saturday morning, and 40s to low 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers later in the week.
  • Highs in the mid 70s to low 80s on Monday, and then warmer, and possibly cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to low 50s on Monday morning, and then warmer by mid week.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 60s and lows in the 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the mid 60s to low 70s on Saturday, and mid 70s to low 80s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s on Saturday morning, and 40s to low 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry on Monday. A chance of showers at times starting on Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s on Monday, except cooler at the coast, and then cooler in the interior by mid week.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s, and cooler later in the week.
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